Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation


Marriage Preparation Letter from Bishop Peter

Congratulations on being called to the sacrament of marriage! Marriage is the center of Catholic family life and the vocation through which most people live out their baptismal commitment. I rejoice with you as you approach the sacrament of marriage and wish to support you in living your married life to the fullest. 

Read the full letter here.

Marriage Regulations for the Diocese of Boise
Preparing for Marriage in the Diocese of Boise Couples Guide

Basic Steps for Marriage Preparation
    in the Diocese of Boise:

  • Consult with your parish clergy or other minister a minimum of 4 months in advance of your intended date of marriage.
  • Attend a Marriage Preparation Program
  • Complete a Pre-Marital Inventory Tool
  • Provide Necessary documents to include: baptismal certificates, testimony of freedom, parental consent (as needed), and evidence of preparation
  • Obtain any necessary permissions or dispensations
  • Prepare spiritually and practically for the Vocation of Marriage

A Preparation Prayer

We praise and bless you, O God.
In your wisdom
You have drawn us together
in love for one another.
Strengthen our hearts,
so that we may keep faith
with each other
and please You in all things.
With your help
may we one day
joyfully celebrate our marriage
Graciously hear us 
through Christ our Lord.

Lewiston Catholic Engaged Encounter


          April 17-19, 2020, St. Gertrude’s Spirt Center, Cottonwood, ID
          September 18-20, 2020, St. Gertrude’s Spirit Center, Cottonwood, ID

For more information contact:  
(208) 962-2372 or

Treasure Valley Catholic Engaged Encounter


April 24-26, 2020, Nazareth Retreat Center, Boise, ID
June 13-14, 2020, Our Lady of the Rosary, Boise, ID
October 9-11, 2020, Nazareth Retreat Center, Boise, ID

For registration information contact:
Russ and Rena VanPaepeghem, 208-939-5216

For general information contact:

Other Marriage Preparation resources invites couples to a deeper relationship with each other and with Christ. Online, on-demand instruction rooted in Saint John Paul II's Theology of the Body, combined with personalized mentoring from a trained married couple, builds a foundation for a strong, healthy, Christ-centered marriage between a man and a woman.

Witness to Love Witness provides local churches with the tools to transform existing programs of marriage preparation into wellsprings of dynamic marriage discipleship that foster both parish connection and nurture authentic accompaniment before and after the wedding day.

The Joy-Filled Marriage is a comprehensive marriage preparation program rooted in virtues as well as the Theology of the Body. The program incorporates rich Catholic theology with sound psychology. While both are effective as a stand-alone program, Living a Joy-Filled Marriage complements and builds upon the sacramentality program, God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage, for a more complete marriage preparation offering.

PREPARE/ENRICH is the leading relationship inventory and skill-building program used nationally and internationally.  It is built on a solid research foundation and significantly improves a couple's relationship. PREPARE/ENRICH is custom tailored to a couple's relationship and provides couple exercises to build their relationship skills.

FOCCUS, Inc. USA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building, promoting and enhancing healthy relationships by offering resources and training that "Facilitate Open, Caring Communication, Understanding and Study." FOCCUS, Inc. USA offers materials that are research-based, affordable, and user-friendly for both professionals and trained lay volunteers.

Fully Engaged is a Catholic catechetical premarital inventory designed to help engaged couples solidify the foundation upon which they, together with Christ, will build their Sacrament of Marriage.  Grounded in Church teaching and loaded with catechetical content, this dynamic premarital inventory is a trustworthy guide that meets the real challenges today’s couples face.

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